The Department for Communities and Local Government (“DCLG”) is offering to test the cladding of private residential blocks in England. This is due to the public concern about problems with the type of cladding which was used on Grenfell Tower.

DCLG has asked owners, landlords and managers of private residential blocks to consider checking their properties to identify whether any cladding panels are made of Aluminium Composite Material. If Aluminium Composite Material is identified, then a sample can be submitted to the Building Research Establishment (“BRE”) for testing.

Priority is being given to buildings over six storeys or 18 metres high. Initial testing will be paid for by DCLG and information from the checks will be available to DCLG from BRE. Remedial action would be the responsibility of the owner of the building.

This link to the DCLG website explains how to identify the cladding and how to access the testing facilities including a form to be returned with samples and an email address for enquiries.